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March 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

President Obama calls California ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

Marriage equality now

On March 26-27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two historic cases concerning gay marriage [“Obama urges court to toss Calif. ban on gay marriage,” News, March 1]. There has been tremendous momentum around the issue of marriage equality over the last year.

Loving, committed gay and lesbian couples want to marry for the same reasons as straight couples: to share their hopes and dreams.

For me, this historic moment is personal. I married the love of my life here in Washington state and am so thankful to have that right. The joy I felt as we declared our love was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. While thankful for this recognition, we still lack 1,138 federal rights granted to heterosexual married couples.

The time for marriage equality is now. Support is at an all-time high and growing rapidly — across all groups. We’ll be gathering on March 27 at the Federal Courthouse in Seattle at 700 Stuart Street from 12-1 p.m. This rally will be one of over 100 events across the nation during the two days the Supreme Court is hearing these cases. Please join us and show your support for the basic right to marry the one you love.

–Marlena Blonsky, Seattle

Comments | More in Gay marriage, Gay rights, Politics | Topics: California, Marriage equality, President Barack Obama

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